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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of north-central Ukraine near the border of Belarus. It was evacuated and remains uninhabited as a result of a major nuclear power plant accident nearby on April 16, 1986.

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  • proper n. An abandoned city in northern Ukraine, known as the site of a nuclear accident.
  • n. A major nuclear-energy accident.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a city in north central Ukraine; site of a major disaster at a nuclear power plant (26 April 1986)

Etymologies

From Russian Чернобыль (Černóbyl’), from чернобыль (černóbyl’, "mugwort"). Compare Ukrainian Чорнобиль (Čornóbyl’), from чорнобиль (čornóbýl’, "mugwort"), from чорнe (čórne, "black", neuter) + билля (bylljá, "grass blades or stalks"). (Wiktionary)

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